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Acoma Pueblo (Sky City) is off I-40 exit 102, then about 16 mi. s. on R.R. 30/32 following signs to the Sky City Cultural Center at 1232 E. Haak'u Rd. Occupied by the Acomans since the second century, this 367-foot-high mesa is topped by one of the largest adobe structures in North America, the 1629 Spanish mission San Esteban del Rey. Building materials, including great log beams hand cut on Mount Taylor some 30 miles north, were manually carried to the summit by Acoman laborers.

The first Native American site to be designated as such by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Acoma Pueblo is the 28th National Trust Historic Site. More than 15 Acoma families live on the mesa in dwellings without running water or electricity while observing the customs and traditions of their ancestors. Pottery makers showcasing their works for sale outside their homes are observed on guided walking tours featuring the pueblo, the plaza and the mission church, with its ecclesiastic art, tapestries and hand-carved woodwork.

Visits to the mesa must be arranged through a guide at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum, located at the base of the pueblo. Video filming is prohibited; obtain a permit for still photography at the cultural center. The 1.5-hour guided walking tour traverses areas of uneven and rough terrain; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Revealing clothing and cellphones are not permitted.

Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.

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